Lucknow has recorded the second highest number of premature deaths due to pollution-related diseases among 11 north Indian cities assessed.
The study, conducted by the Centre of Environment and Energy Development (CEED) in collaboration with IIT Delhi, recorded data for 17 years to come up with the findings.
Titled ‘Know what you breathe’, the study analysed air quality from 2000 to 2016 and collated it with deaths caused due to respiratory diseases. The report studied PM 2.5 concentration recorded through satellite.
The findings revealed that an estimated 4,127 deaths took place annually in the city due to diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Ischemic heart disease, lung cancer and acute lower respiratory infection.
One factor causing these diseases is PM2.5, a deadly particulate matter of diameter less than 2.5 micrometres fine enough to enter the bloodstream. Read More